When individuals purchase any product or service, they will want the best available option on the market. As with many things in life, consumers will have to pay more for premium services. Webhosting accounts vary greatly and some types include: free accounts with advertising, shared hosting accounts, private server hosting, and dedicated hosting plans. If users wish to make a profit from reseller hosting, they really need to research the competition and the types of accounts or plans available to them. Parent hosting companies sell reseller plans and often offer premium hosting accounts for extra cash. Whether this will be beneficial to you as an individual reseller or not depends on your business strategy.
What is fully featured hosting?
A fully featured hosting plan is simply an account that has optimum features incorporated into the hosting package. Each hosting company charges a monthly or annual fee for the service. Some hosting companies charge as little as 42 dollars a year per account. The price will depend on the quantity of accounts you wish to purchase. Some companies will offer a larger discount for multiple account holders (we often see Bluehost promotions like this); the more you buy the better your wholesale price.
Most accounts will have domain name access and certification, around 800 GB of traffic, an unlimited MySQL database, and free site building tools to set up the hosting business. Providers will also provide a quota of monthly bandwidth and active technical support. As a potential reseller, it is a good idea to have a good look as to what is on offer. Most good hosting providers will offer a plan that has unlimited email accounts, web-based email access, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP Servers. Some accounts will have auto-responders; these allow resellers to set automatic answers for email accounts. This is a timesaving and effective management tool.
Servers, Security, and FTP Software
It is important to research what type of server your parent hosting company has and how well it runs. Many hosting companies choose to include this information readily in their fully featured reseller hosting plan. Check if your hosting provider has CentOS Installed and if it is compatible with an Apache server. All providers will have effective firewalls. Check how often the server is monitored and how regularly it is backed up. Sort out a management system or routine that will help you monitor your own hosting server.
Look into the business management tools on offer. These may include free shopping cart software, SSL certificates, advice on PayPal accounts, merchant accounts, site traffic statistics, and open PGP/GPG encryption. To manage your webhosting service effectively, parent hosting companies may also provide Fantastico script auto-installer, password protected directories, edit MIME types, edit Apache handlers, IP filtering, and hot link protection.
All webhosting providers will support resellers with FTP software. This software works to upload and download files from your PC to the server. FTP software is often free. If users do not like their current FTP software, there are many free downloads online that are readily available. As a reseller, you will have to provide FTP options or software to your users.
Posted by admin on January 23rd, 2011 :: Filed under Reseller Hosting
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